Senior Education Ministries, Inc. in partnership with the Shelbyville community has scheduled: Dine with a Doc-Shelbyville on the second Monday of every month from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Shelby County Senior Center, 325 E North 9th St., Shelbyville.
Dine with a Doc is a FREE program that welcomes the local senior public to getting to hear an educational topic while enjoying a complimentary lunch. No need to bring any money! Just bring a questioning mind, an appetite and perhaps a friend. This program is a community effort of a doctor, a lunch sponsor, area businesses, a local church in the community and the senior citizens coming together for the good of all to serve our seniors.
Each doctor has graciously donated this time in effort to listen, hear, and answer your medical questions while sharing a meal with you. Various community businesses also participate by donating door prizes or providing complimentary lunch for you to enjoy and learn about ways they may help you as well.
The Dine with a Doc program was designed to allow the seniors to get out of their homes, fellowship with their peers, extend their available financial resources, promote enhanced living, and educate them (from a preventative standpoint) with the goal of improving their quality of life and providing them with the resources and information to make an informed choice about their healthcare.
This month we are excited to present Dr. Timothy Gray, MD, who was raised on a family farm in Cullom, the youngest of six children.
“My dad really valued education and he passed that value on to all of us. He said, ‘That’s how you get ahead,’” Dr. Gray recounted. “I knew that I didn’t want to work as hard as a farmer.” So he entered what had become the new family business: medicine.
Dr. Gray’s siblings were already forging their way; they would go on to become a hematologist/oncologist, ophthalmologist, veterinarian, chiropractor and nurse.
“I love working with my hands. I worked in construction in the summers framing up houses, being the ‘mud man’ on a bricking crew, and roofing, so knew I wanted to do something with my hands. Orthopedics is really just carpentry on people. I love my job!” Dr. Gray said.
To prepare, Dr. Gray attended University of Illinois at ChampaignUrbana and then University of Illinois College of Medicine Chicago Campus. During his residency, Dr. Gray was fortunate to rotate through five hospitals and learn from five attending physicians, all with different styles and characters.
Dr. Gray found his passion in general orthopedic surgery and now treats trauma; issues of the ankles, hips, knees and shoulders; long bone fractures and wrist fractures.
“I really enjoy the physical nature of the job, but the most rewarding aspect is when patients return for their six-week check-ups and they don’t need to be seen again,” he said.
Dr. Gray readily puts people at ease with his sense of humor, something that comes naturally to him. “I try to keep my interactions with patients light-hearted and share information with them in a fun way to help them understand the situation or procedure. It’s their body and they have to understand the procedure,” he said.
A practicing orthopedic surgeon since 1993, Dr. Gray appreciated being able to balance family and work commitments while his children were at home. “I work to live and have been able to modify my schedule to accommodate my kids’ school and activity schedules. I’ve never missed an event!” he said.
Dr. Gray and his wife, Diane, have four adult children – Natalie, Nicole, Nate and Naomi – and five grandchildren. They all live in Effingham.
Always on the go, Dr. Gray is a published author of fiction and an occasional stand-up comic. He also enjoys golf and snow skiing.